Whether you’re planning on staying for the weekend or just the afternoon, Smithville Lake has options for every getaway. Designed by the Army Corps of Engineers, Smithville Lake spans 7,200 acres with over 175 miles of shoreline.
The facility offers two swim beaches, three marinas (Camp Branch Marina, Paradise Pointe Marina, and Sailboat Cove Marina), and boat rentals are available out of Camp Branch Marina.
Off the water the lake offers 777 campsites, 11 miles of biking and hiking trails, and 26 miles of equestrian trails.
The future looks bright for this already shining area of Clay County as the area devotes land to hunting, native grassland revitalization programs, and renovation of the resources available.
Visitors can catch a glimpse of our nation’s bird, the Bald Eagle, as they migrate to Smithville Lake during the winter months to nest.
Smithville Lake is a prime spot for birdwatching - apart from the lake’s yearlong residents (gulls, geese, woodpeckers, and other birds common to the area) Smithville Lake is a popular stop for several exciting migratory birds. Bald Eagles, American White Pelicans, and Snowy Owls are among a few of the birds known to migrate to the lake during the winter.
Smithville Lake is the perfect place to spend a day of scenic hiking. The trails at Smithville Lake feature adventures through hardwood forests and past scenic views of restored grassland. Many of the trails follow the shoreline of Smithville Lake and offer those on the trail views of the lake and the wildlife living on and around it.
Interested in hiking at Smithville Lake? Click here to learn more about their trails.
The lake offers 26 miles of equestrian trails, ample rooms for horse trailer parking, and equestrian friendly camping. Smithville Lake is home to the Kansas City Trapshooters’ Association - range hours and pricing info is available on the KCTA’s website.
No matter your interests, Smithville Lake has something fun for everyone!
Call the Parks Office at 816-407-3400 with any questions.
Interested in camping? Reserve your site today with Smithville Lake’s online reservation system.